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Awesome Austin Chronicle Review for The Kindness of Strangers

The Austin Chronicle reviewed The Kindness of Strangers (our current mainstage show) and had a lot of great things to say about our Tennessee Williams inspired improv show!

“You could taste the distinctive flavors of [Tennessee] Williams.”

“Characters whose interactions and choices have a gravity all their own pulling us to them.”

“This improvised salute to Tennessee Williams conjures his South’s deeply rooted traditions and misfits with style”

Read the review here!

The Kindness of Strangers runs Saturdays at 8pm through August 26! Click here to get your tickets!

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The Wall of Friends

Behold, The Wall of Friends!

These are the non-anonymous buddies who donated $25 or more to the Hideout’s 2017 48 Hour Improv Marathon Fundraiser. Because of them (and all our other donors), we raised over $6,000 for our youth and special needs programs.

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity:

Alan Buttars – Alex Purdy – Ali Meier – Allo Saurus – Alonso Salas – Amanda Chang – Andrew Ancy – Anne Clark – Ben Parks – Beverly Taylor – Bob Ankylosaurus – Bobby Hood – Bonnie Yoho – Bonnie Dilber – Cagney Ortiz – Candace Ohm – Chris Casey – Cory Macdonald – Cristy Salinas – Daniel Ellsworth – Donna Venable – Eileen Alter – Eileen Eiden – Elizabeth Venable – Ellen Pizarek – Eric Peterson – Erin Molson – George Craig – Greg Blank – Huckle Medrano – Jason Hoppenworth – Jen Hill – Jenn Hamm – Jennifer Brinlee – Jennifer Dorsey – John Cartwright – Jon Bolden – Jordan T. Maxwell – Julie Holden – Katherine Duong – Kelly Campbell – Kevin Miller – Kris Raab – Lahari Samineni – Laura Bailey – Linda and Larry Bennett – Linda Hunsicker – Lindsey Reeves – Liz Shelby – Marcone Cangussu – Mary Hamm – MC Harold – Nicholas Marino – Patti Stiles and Christof – Richard Slaughter – Rocky Lane – Ryan Hill – S Tim Casey – Sarah Swofford – Scott Dickerson – Sean Hogan – Shawn Kyle Tyson – Steve Zehner – Tatiana Jitkoff – Terry Woodroffe – Tim Coyle – Todd Fox Hart – Topping Haggerty – Tracey Rideout – Trent Thomson – Virginia Rogers – Wendy Salome

( Our donation page is still active, and it’s not too late to get your name on the wall: http://gofundme.com/improvmarathon )

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Marathoner Spotlight: Craig Kotfas

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon is going on RIGHT NOW! This year the 8 marathoners will play for 48 hours straight! The marathon is a fundraiser for our Kid’s Scholarship Program. Click here to donate!

We’ve asked the marathoners about some of their fears, expectations and comforts in preparation for the marathon. Craig Kotfas is one of the longest-standing improvisors in Austin and a Hideout original cast member. He was on all the original Hideout press material, that’s how long Craigy has been around!

1. Why were interested in doing the marathon?

Several reasons. One, I am honored to be part of an amazing event that gives youngsters the gift of improv. I was a mid teen when I started doing improv and it changed my life. If I had a George Bailey moment and saw my life without improv….nope, don’t even want to go there. Secondly, I am drawn to experiencing a wide range of shows in one weekend… like speed dating 48 different ensembles and genres for 50 minutes each. Majority of my shows nowadays are with Knuckleball Now, and now I am pumped to be thrusted into all these great main stage shows, experimental shows and slow burn narratives. And the best thing is I will be doing it with 7 others… 7 people I may not know too well now, some not at all… but come Sunday 5pm, I will have an unforgettable bond with these folks. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect. Most of my dearest friends have done it and say the same thing… well, I will just need to see for myself first.

2. What part of the marathon most scares you?

Hmm, the lack of sleep is a no brainer. I sweat like a mofo, so I will be focused on hydration and grazing, because big meals make me drowsy.

3. What part of the marathon are you most excited about?

See answer to #1. Honestly, I know this isn’t a lifetime achievement award, but as an old grandpa in this improv community, I am thrilled and honored to play with people I never played with. I have good friends that I’ve never shared a stage with until this upcoming weekend. So cool.

4. What comfort item are you bringing?

A positive attitude and gratitude. That gives me more comfort than any memory foam pillow or fuzzy blanket. No doubt, I will miss my comfy bed and my dear Shamayne this weekend, but I would not miss this opportunity.

4. What is your pump up jam?

“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire… always makes me swell with positivity!

The Hideout’s Infamous Improv Marathon runs from 5pm Friday June 23 – 5pm Sunday June 25!

Get your tickets here!

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